Choros #09

Appleby Catalogue W number: 
W232

Written in Rio in 1929, Choros #09 was dedicated to Arminda Noves d'Almeida in 1936.

For some reason Prof. Tarasti leaves Choros #09 out of his excellent study of the Choros series.

Villa-Lobos made a reduction for piano (the 56 page score is in the Museu Villa-Lobos).  I haven't heard of any performances of this version, though piano versions of works also available in big orchestral scores (Amazonas and Rudepoema, for example) have worked out well.

Year Composed: 
Category: 
Choros
Orchestral Works
Instrumentation: 

Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, eng horn, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns,
4 trumpets, 4 trombones, tuba, timpani, tam-tam, bombo, tambor, tambor surdo, camisao (large and small), pio, triangle, reco, tartaruga, cax, cho (metal and wood), xylophone, vibraphone, celesta, 2 harps and strings

Scores: 

Published by Max Eschig, but I haven't come across a score in any of the stores or online library catalogues in which I've searched.  There's a copy of the autograph score (148 pp.) in the Museu Villa-Lobos.

Here's a reference to a score in the Eugene Ormandy collection:

Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1929. Chôros no. 9. Eugene Ormandy Collection of Scores. Paris: M. Eschig. 

  • Document Type: Musical Score
  • Notes: Reproduction (ozalid) of manuscript. For orchestra. Caption title. Publisher from stamp on p. 1.
  • Description: 1 score (147 p.) ; 43 cm.
  • Other Titles: Chôros,
  • Responsibility: H. Villa-Lobos.

 

Recordings: 

There are two excellent versions of this sprawling work available on the CD Choros 8 & 9 (Naxos) with the late Kenneth Schermerhorn conducting the Hong Kong SO, on Naxos (originally on Marco Polo, from 1994),

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...and John Neschling conducts the Sao Paulo SO in this brand new disc from BIS.

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Performances: 

Premiere: Rio de Janeiro, Orchestra of the Teatro Municipal; Villa- Lobos, cond; 7/15/1942

There's only one recent performance listed in the Villa-Lobos Concert database (August 2008).